Thursday Morning Links

Omaha-SunriseSome morning links on this Thursday…

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What to add to the carnage and vitriol from yesterday?

Aside from the murders themselves, if you are not on Twitter, you missed some interesting back and forth between the different political spectrums.

Well, first, you had the President of the United States immediately try to use the Islamic terrorism as a call for “common sense gun safety laws”.

Oh, but that was when he thought this was more “workplace violence”.

And then the Leftist Twitterati decided (all at once…hmm) that if you state that your “thoughts and prayers” were with those affected by the murders, this was “hypocritical” or “not enough” or some such.

One person followed up noting,

And another…

Indeed, one Twitterer from “ThinkProgress” (my what a grand name!) called out Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer for taking campaign contributions from the NRA:

Because didn’tcha know that Senator Fischer bases her votes on who gave her sixteen hundred dollars?

But too bad the Islamic terrorist parents, who left off their infant child for a suicide mission while wearing GoPros to film it all, sort of spoiled the Left’s super-good theme here.

My thoughts and prayers are with them that they gain wisdom and knowledge.

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Speaking of Senator Fischer, lost in all of the terrorism news was that  her MAJOR highway bill looks to be passed very soon.

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Oh good. The Lincoln porn guy will run for Lincoln City Council…in 2017.

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And interesting analysis of the differences between online and live polls, and Trump

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Deena Winter’s last story for Nebraska Watchdog, on Nebraska spending for services for the disabled, particularly by a group called Developmental Services of Nebraska services was up yesterday.

Take a read, and feel free to thank Deena and give her an au revoir.

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Don’t miss our most recent podcast on candidates door to door experiences campaigning for Legislature, here.

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More this afternoon!

36 comments

  1. TexasAnnie says:

    Deena also reported that abuse and neglect reports are up. 1,063 in 2012; 1,769 in 2014.

    Some state obligations just can’t be privatized and unsupervised!

  2. Lil Mac says:

    San Bernardino happened directly after Trump questioned whether “Islam (is) inherently peaceful or violent”.

    Most candidates with kneejerk political correctness make the distinctiion of “Radical Islam” apart from regular Islam that they say is peaceful. Trump asks if ISLAM itself is violent. — It turns out the shooters were Muslims, their attack planned. One born in the US, another from our US ally Saudi Arabia. They follow the book that General Mohammad authored which demands jihad like the carpenter never demanded crusade.

    Trump’s rhetorical question forces us to consider a military conqueror (Arabia/Europe) who wrote a book (Koran/Mein Kamph) that his followers use to mass murder innocents (Jihad/Final Solution) for a man they revered like a demi-god. — American voters see Trump daring to say what everyone already knows, i.e. Islam isn’t a regular religion like Nazism isn’t a regular political party.

    I predict Trump will jump another 5 pts. If these Muslims used AK-47s, already illegal thus smuggled across the US border, Trump will jump 10 pts. And that is not because Trump can magically tell the future. That is because he simply opens his eyes and speaks truth.

    Political Correctness creates blind eunuchs. Since truth is so rare in politics, the blind eunuchs don’t know what to make of Trump. But increasingly large numbers of voters do. And none are more obviously blind and emasculated than Obama whose statements and behavior highlights the uniqueness of voters hearing the rude truth.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      Lil Mac, using your test ,what is the religion of peace? Jewish terrorist, Stern Gang, Shamir, Irgun, Begem, , King David Hotel. Christians, IRA and North Irish Prods, former Yugoslavia Croatian Catholics, especially Ustashi, Serb Orthodox, Buddhist persecute Musli ms in Myanmar and Thailand, while Buddhists andHindus battle in SriLanka, and Hindus mistreat Christians and Muslims in India, and if we use the actions of some clergy as the measure then we could ask is Catholicism the religion of perversion? In addition the Finnal Solution was deeply rooted in the tradition of Christian hostility to the Jews, a hostility very prevalent in USA till well after WW II, and see the KKK. I am afraid you may be the one blinded by politics into a rather mindless blindness to a lot of ugly reality.

      • bynd says:

        Just because some one claims to be something, doesn’t make it so. A concept I would think you would be well aware of. In many of your examples, what they claimed as their religious affiliation is far from what they really were. I believe the legal term is alleged?

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Bynd, We are on the same page. The point of my examples was that every religious tradition has produce followers who have done evil in the name of faith, hard to pick any faith as holding the record. In our times most of these religious claims have been mixed in with nationalism to produce an especially dangerous brew.

      • RL neglects the fact that Christian religious wars ended (conservatively) three centuries ago. And he is ignorant about Islam, which is anti-nationalistic, and preaches a universal Islamic caliphate.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        ProfGH, I am familiar with the treaty of Westphalia, did not list Wars of Religion, but not all Christians live in Western Europe and the events I listed claimed religious motivation. OFM Cap. ran concentration camps and forced child removal programs against Orthodox in WW II. Suspect for most Muslims the Universal Caliphate is rather like the Second Coming or the Age to Come, and the mix of Islam with Nationalism has been a standard feature of the last hundred years of Islamic history, particularly in Iran and the Arab World, and witness the partition of India and its impact. It seems that your talk has once again exceeded your knowledge.

      • Sparkles says:

        Gerard imagines –
        “Christian religious wars ended (conservatively) three centuries ago.”

        September 16th, 2001 –
        “This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take awhile.”
        G.W. Bush

        Christian Science Monitor, Sept 19th, 2001 –
        President Bush’s reference to a “crusade” against terrorism, which passed almost unnoticed by Americans, rang alarm bells in Europe. It raised fears that the terrorist attacks could spark a ‘clash of civilizations’ between Christians and Muslims, sowing fresh winds of hatred and mistrust.

        “We have to avoid a clash of civilizations at all costs,” French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine said on Sunday. “One has to avoid falling into this huge trap, this monstrous trap” which he said had been “conceived by the instigators of the assault.”

  3. Mark Andrews says:

    I’ll see your Sayeed, Sweeper, and raise you a McVeigh, a Unabomber and a Bundy.

    Not all Muslims are terrorists. Not all terrorists are Muslim. SuperMax is full of All-American PoS who’d happily kill you or me for sport and smile while doing so.

    I’m more interested in where the butchers of San Bernardino – who, I am pleased to say, were shot to pieces by law enforcement – found fully-automatic AK-47s? Its not a matter of mere “gun control” since access to fully-automatic weapons is fully, legally controlled.

    $10 to your favorite charity says those weapons did NOT come from an ISIS or Al-Queda sleeper cell. Mexican or Central American gangs, White Supremacists, unscrupulous gun owners – any and all will happily take cash or drugs in return for something you want that you can’t legally buy or possess – but I’m speculating.

    Back to my bet. If these weapons – any of them, any part of them – comes from a confirmed, Islamist source – I give $10 to your favorite charity and I buy a nifty “Wheels Down Politics” coffee mug to support leavenworthst.com.

    • Mark,
      I guess I missed where I said or implied that “all Muslims are terrorists.”
      And I think you may be right — that they got the guns illegally from someplace.
      And then they illegally killed a bunch of innocent people.
      Keep your money and I’ll keep mine.
      -Ed.

    • Sparkles says:

      The Smith & Wesson M&P (Military and Police) AR15 used by American born Syed Farook was the very same assault style rifle used by James Holmes in the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, mass shooting at a movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 70 others.
      The body count in the Holmes massacre was lessened when the 100-round drum magazine inserted in the rifle jammed partway through the shooting, forcing him to switch to a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol.

      After attending a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., Holmes stopped by Gander Mountain and bought a Glock 40 pistol.
      Over the ensuing eight-week period, Eagan purchased four more weapons and 6000 rounds of ammunition. Weapons including a Remington 870 Express Tactical Shotgun and the M&P15 assault rifle.
      Holmes also purchased, and donned for the massacre, a gas mask, a load-bearing vest, a ballistic helmet, bullet-resistant leggings, a bullet-resistant throat protector, a groin protector, and tactical gloves.
      Immediately prior to opening fire on the theater audience, Holmes detonated and deployed two smoke bombs.

      It was only 10 days after the Columbine massacre that the NRA held it’s annual convention in Denver, A convention accompanied by a ‘World Class Gun and Gear Expo”.
      A convention for which the highlight was the onstage presentation of musket, from NRA President Wayne LaPierre to actor Charlton Heston. A musket which Heston held aloft and defiantly proclaimed: “I have only five words for you: ‘from my cold, dead, hands'”

      The audience went wild.

      But whatever you do, don’t politicize these shootings.
      Let’s make sure we all, once again, follow the NRA drafted script –
      A massacre happens, someone calls for action, critics say calls to action are politicizing the issue, and nothing changes.

      Cries of “politicization!” are in and of themselves political — they’re meant to stop any momentum for changes in gun policy.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles;

        Reasonable gun law changes, back ground checks for everyone, mental health checks and reporting, would be more probable if both sides of the debate were not such extremists. Those who want these changes are their own worse enemies for getting things done. You are no different than the NRA.

      • Sparkles says:

        Re:
        “California has some of the strictest gun control in the nation.”

        And officers believe Syed Farook legally purchased all his weapons, tactical gear and ammo.

        Assault style weapons with high capacity magazines that should never have been available for purchase to either Syed Farook, James Holmes or the mother of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members at an elementary school.

        Since 1968, more people have been killed by guns in America, than all U.S. wars, combined.

      • The Grundle King says:

        “Assault style weapons with high capacity magazines that should never have been available for purchase…”

        Why not? Because you don’t like them?

        Sorry, but the availability of weapons I choose to own shouldn’t be dependent on what you do or don’t like.

      • Sparkles says:

        GK,
        Assault style weapons are simply too prone to support and foster a violent culture in our country. A culture to makes more likely these continued mass killings.
        The weapons (assault style) are inferior for hunting, and it’s a tiny fraction of sportsman who actually engage in formal shoots with them (three gun etc..).
        And, there’s not a person on the planet who can justify a 100 round drum magazine (or anything beyond a 15 round clip).

        How about a quote from a more sensible time in America –
        May 3, 1994

        To Members of the U.S. House of Representatives:

        We are writing to urge your support for a ban on the domestic manufacture of military-style assault weapons. This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety…

        ..While we recognize that assault weapon legislation will not stop all assault weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals. We urge you to listen to the American public and to the law enforcement community and support a ban on the further manufacture of these weapons.

        Sincerely,

        Gerald R. Ford
        Jimmy Carter
        Ronald Reagan

        I was an NRA member more than a decade, before they evolved into a marketing arm for gun Mfrs. where even the most sensible restriction was declared tantamount to government oppression and tyranny.
        I grew up with guns and hunting and still own more than I care to admit. The NRA I joined used to be a “sportsman’s” club, about hunting ethics, conservation, respect for your quarry and the land on which you hunted.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      ProfGH, That the attack was well planned and in advance seem clear; that the attackers were Muslims seems clear. What is not clear is what kind of Islamic terrorism chooses a Christmas party for social service types working at a development center. At this point incident seems like an ink blot test which we are all filling in with our preconceptions. Often evil is a surd.

      • Well, the picture is being filled in.

        Farook was reportedly in contact with ‘more than one’ international terrorism suspect, and had (according to the FBI) been radicalized. You wonder, if the FBI knew this, why they weren’t keeping an eye on Mr. Farook. Perhaps they’re too busy investigating police forces at Loretta Lynch’s behest.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Investigating police is a traditional function of the FBI in the enforcement of Federal Civil Rights Legislation, which long predates current terrorist threats. Comment on AG silly, but even good Homer sometimes nods.

      • No, they’re not silly. Given fixed resources, time spent hounding police departments is time not spent tracking credible terrorist threats. And there wasn’t even the most flimsy evidence the Michael Brown shooting, for example, was a civil rights violation based on race. Yet the DoJ report is 86 pages long. A wonder how many FBI agent hours went into producing it.

        Loretta Lynch, who seldom disappoints, said about the San Bernardino atrocity: “it gives us a wonderful opportunity and a wonderful moment to really make significant change.”

        Hey, maybe if they’d got as many as the guys in Paris, it might be an even more wonderful moment.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Prof GH, Same could be said of every activity of the FBI, and as a cost benefit analysis, all you show is your politics.

      • Sparkles says:

        Gerard,
        Re: ” time not spent tracking credible terrorist threats.”

        Do you mean warnings like the presidential brief from Aug. 6, 2001 that was titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

  4. “Prof GH, Same could be said of every activity of the FBI, and as a cost benefit analysis, all you show is your politics.”

    Nonsense. And you have nothing, except your politics, to challenge the obvious fact that the investigation was a waste of time and money. Nor is it alone. The FBI currently cares more about political correctness than terror investigations.

  5. repentinglawyer says:

    ProfGH, I did not defend any particular investigation or defend one. Law enforcement is full of false starts and wastes of time Given the amount of White Christian Nationalist violence maybe Civil Rights agents should be assigned to that, and I rather suspect white collar crime does more harm than any kind of terrorist in US. My point was that taking a break from science to claim some expertise in law enforcement budgets does not make you other than opinionated and no expert, even under NE R Ev.

  6. bynd says:

    Sparkles,

    Since 1975 there have been more than 1 million abortions performed in this country every year. So it can be concluded that knives and drugs kill far more than guns.

  7. bynd says:

    RL:

    If only the AGs of this country stopped practicing their politics on the job. As Herman sang, “what a wonderful world it would be.”

    We expect people to do such things on this forum.

    • repentinglawyer says:

      Bynd, I do not see anything more political about the current AG than those who preceded her, both R and D, and she has been muchness political than our recent NE AGs. If, as is the fact, a substantial minority in our society distrust local law enforcement, often with good reason, then one Federal law enforcement is assuring these folks than things are on the up and up or to prosecute when they are not. Not that different from the work of say the Public Integrity Unit of Criminal Division. Justice has done this for years. Does the name Philadelphia, Mississippi ring a bell?

      • bynd says:

        RL:

        That is why I said AGs. All, plural etc. As much as we would like to see justice and our law enforcement to be blind, in many cases it is just a matter of degrees between ours and some oppressors in the world. Although the fact that the Pres and the ex AG used inflammatory rhetoric to get the minorities all fired up over lies is much like Sparkles accusation of the CO. PP shooter. How many police officers have been attacked because of their over top lies & rhetoric? More than got shot in CO. PP. But those are not the kind of statistics that fire up the Pres.’ base.

      • repentinglawyer says:

        Bend, Not sure I remember lies of POTUS or exAG, but I have seen a lot of bad things done, particularly to racial minorities, here in Omaha by police and courts, and my proudest possession in my Grandfather’s shield from OPD.

  8. bynd says:

    Sparkles:
    “Assault style weapons are simply too prone to support and foster a violent culture in our country. A culture to makes more likely these continued mass killings.” really.

    Is that like your lib buddies who put out violent movies and games that incite violence in our society? Much more so than guns. They set the stage don’t they?

    And the proof is where?

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